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L-R: Otto, Merel, Joey, Charlotte, Martijn, Timo

Delain is a Dutch Symphonic Metal band founded by keyboardist Martijn Westerholt (brother of Robert Westerholt) in 2002, after leaving Within Temptation the year prior due to Pfeiffer's disease. The band released a demo, Amenity, but Martijn abandoned the project afterwards.

Three years later, joining forces with singer Charlotte Wessels and signing a contract with Roadrunner Records, Martijn restarted Delain, envisioning it as a musical project featuring various guest musicians from symphonic metal bigwigs Epica, Within Temptation, Nightwish, and others. This vision came to bear fruit as Lucidity, released in 2006 despite delays. The live band was then formed as Delain accepted offers to tour around the Netherlands and Europe, and has undergone frequent lineup changes since.

The band is named after the fictional Kingdom of Delain in Stephen King's The Eyes of the Dragon.


    Members and guests 

Current lineup

  • Martijn Westerholt - keyboards (2002, 2005-present)
  • Charlotte Wessels - lead vocals (2005-present)
  • Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije - bass, harsh vocals (2010-present)
  • Timo Somers - guitars, backing vocals (2011-present)
  • Joey de Boer - drums (2017-present)

Former members

  • 2002 lineup:
    • Roy van Enkhuyzen – guitars (2002)
    • Frank van der Meijden – guitars (2002)
    • Anne Invernizzi – lead vocals (2002)
    • Martijn Willemsen – bass (2002)
    • Tim Kuper – drums (2002)
  • Rob van der Loo – bass (2006–2010)
  • Ronald Landa – guitars, backing vocals (2006–2009)
  • Ray van Lente – guitars (2006–2007)
  • Ewout Pieters – guitars, backing vocals (2009–2010)
  • Sander Zoer – drums (2006–2014)
  • Ruben Israel – drums (2014–2017; live 2013)
  • Merel Bechtold - rhythm guitar (2015-2019)

Guest musicians

  • Marco Hietala – bass (2006), co-lead vocals (2006, 2009, 2014)
  • Ad Sluijter – guitars (2006)
  • Guus Eikens – guitars, backing vocals (2006, 2009, 2012, 2014)
  • Ariën van Weesenbeek – drums (2006)
  • Rosan van der Aa – backing vocals (2006)
  • Jan "Örkki" Yrlund – guitars (2006)
  • Sharon den Adel - co-lead vocals (2006)
  • Liv Kristine - co-lead vocals (2006)
  • George Oosthoek - co-lead vocals (2006, 2009, 2012, 2014)
  • Alissa White-Gluz - co-lead vocals (2014, 2016)
  • Burton C. Bell - co-lead vocals (2012)

  • Amenity (2002, demo)
  • Lucidity (2006)
  • April Rain (2009)
  • We Are The Others (2012)
    • Interlude (2013, compilation)
  • The Human Contradiction (2014)
  • The Moonbathers trilogy
    • Lunar Prelude (2016, EP)
    • Moonbathers (2016)
    • Hunter's Moon (2019, EP/compilation)

The Glory and the Tropes:

  • The Anti-Nihilist:
  • Arc Symbol: The hummingbird that first appears on We Are the Others makes appearances on Interlude, Lunar Prelude, and Moonbathers.
  • Advertisement:
  • Book-Ends: "Are You Done With Me?" begins and ends with the same line: "This city drinks and roars."
  • Break Up Song:
    • "Virtue and Vice," "Milk and Honey", "Where Is the Blood?". "Lullaby" can be read as one of those, whith a sinking shipnote  as a metaphor for ending relationship.
    • "Are You Done With Me?" is a variation, with the singer asking an increasingly distant partner to make a decision about whether or not to end the relationship.
  • Central Theme: Death for Moonbathers, though Charlotte says it was inadvertent: she didn't realize how many songs about death she'd written until she was halfway finished.
  • Cover Version: Moonbathers features a cover of "Scandal" by Queen.
  • Creepy Child: The little ghost boy in the music video for "Frozen."
  • Due to the Dead: The name and title track of the group's third album We Are The Others was dedicated to the memory of Sophie Lancaster.
  • Design Student's Orgasm: The Hunter's Moon cover.
  • Destructive Romance: Oh boy, is it ever - whoever the protagonist of the various relationship-related songs is, you do not want to get on her bad side. Special mention goes to "No Compliance", "Milk and Honey," "I Want You," and "Hit Me With Your Best Shot."
  • Did Not Get The Guy The protagonist of "I Want You". Granted, it's her own fault that she never will...
  • Exact Words: Hinted in "Danse Macabre"
    I said I'd walk the mile, not that I'd walk in line
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Follow Your Heart: "April Rain."
  • Green-Eyed Monster: "Invidia". Goes right into I Just Want to Be You territory.
  • Harsh Vocals: Usually not present. Exceptions include "Hands of Gold" (with Alissa White-Gluz growling the bridge) and "Burning Bridges" which includes a Epica-esque roared line at the start of the bridge.
  • Heavy Mithril: "The Gathering" is about, well, Magic: The Gathering. Also, Charlotte has stated point-blank that "Turn the Lights Out" is about Death of the Endless.
  • Hollywood Thin/Hollywood Pudgy: Both "Your Body Is a Battleground" and "Army of Dolls" ridicule this concept.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: As per the page image, EVERYONE to Merel.
  • Humans Are Bastards: A recurring theme on The Human Contradiction, especially on "Stardust" and "Tell Me, Mechanist". "The Tragedy of the Commons" has this vibe as well, as does "The Glory and the Scum".
  • If It Bleeds, It Leads: Mentioned in "The Glory and the Scum".
    We all live in unforgiving precarious ways
    If it bleeds it leads
    Is all we seem to hear today
  • I Just Want to Be You: "Invidia" states it bluntly:
    I don't wanna be like you
    I want to be you
  • Leave Me Alone!: "Generation Me":
    I don't need anyone or anything
    I'll make it alone
    Can't you see it's generation me
    We don't need anyone or anything
    Just leave me alone
  • Lighter and Softer: The video and ballad versions of "We Are The Others" compared to the album version.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: From a 1 ("Scarlet") to an 8 ("The Tragedy of the Commons", "Hands of Gold"). Usually hovers around 6 or 7.
  • Mood Whiplash: The first minute of "Masters of Destiny" is this IN SPADES.
  • New Technology Is Evil: "Generation Me" has hints of this, specifically targeting social media.
  • Non-Appearing Title: "Frozen", "Sleepwalkers Dream", "Pristine", "Invidia", "Virtue And Vice", "Mother Machine", "Electricity", "Milk And Honey", "The Tragedy Of The Commons", "Danse Macabre".
  • One-Woman Wail: Charlotte lets out an incredibly epic one on "Masters of Destiny".
  • Precision F-Strike: "Generation Me" and "Sing to Me".
  • Protest Song: "Your Body Is a Battleground" does...let's say not think highly of the medical-industrial complex.
  • Scatting/Single Stanza Song: "The Monarch", where the tune is hummed for the majority of the song, save for a brief pause in the music 2:20 in
    I looked at the stripes
    The monarch flies
    I halt my cries
    If my friend
    If you can change
    Perhaps then so can I
  • Screw Destiny: "Masters of Destiny".
    I am the dreamer
    I roll the dice and I align
    My hands aren't tied
    We are the dreamers
    We rather die so we're alive
    We'll always be
    Masters of destiny
  • Self-Deprecation: These lyrics from "Here Come the Vultures", which are strange to think about since when the album was released Charlotte was in her mid-20s and she is (to this day) quite pretty:
    They said you cannot sing the blues
    When you’re pretty and young
    Let me show you a face that fits to neither one
  • Soprano and Gravel:
    • Charlotte played this straight dueting with:
      • George Oosthoek (Lucidity, "Tell Me, Mechanist")
      • Marco Hietala (April Rain, The Human Contradiction)
      • Ronald Landa ("Virtue and Vice")
      • Burton Bell ("Where Is the Blood?")
      • Alissa White-Gluz ("The Tragedy of the Commons", "Hands of Gold")
      • Otto van der Oije, during live performances.
    • Charlotte also provides her own gravel on occasion.
  • Start My Own: Martijn formed the band a year after he left Within Temptation, however, his decision for leaving had nothing to do with creative differences but with health issues, and he had been writing songs for those four years mainly by himself.
  • Symphonic Metal: The band wanders between Gothic Metal, Power Metal, and occasionally Progressive Metal but is centered here. They're usually more on the synth end of the symphonic metal spectrum with the focus on the guitars rather than the keyboard backing, but songs like "Burning Bridges" would not be out of place on an Epica or Nightwish album.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Ever since Merel joined in 2015 it has been this.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Most noticeable when you see Merel (tomboy) and Charlotte (girly girl) near each other onstage.
  • We All Die Someday: "Danse Macabre" uses a variation:
    Let the earth cover me
    Angels will call for me
    But in time
    Not tonight
  • Yandere:
  • You Are Not Alone: "We Are the Others", title track of the group's third album. According to an interview with Charlotte, after drawing inspiration from the case of Sophie Lancaster (a young British woman attacked and killed in a violent hate crime for expressing her gothic fashion), Charlotte said she wanted "a song about “we are the others” and a feeling of togetherness. On the one hand, being proud of whoever you are, whether you divert from the norm in whatever way you divert from the norm. But on the other hand, it is also kind of a song for “others”. We just wanted a song about acceptance".
    We are the others,
    We are the castouts,
    We're the outsiders, but you can't hide us
    We are the others, we are the castouts,
    You're not out there on your own
    If you feel mistreated, torn and cheated,
    You are not alone


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